During the first round of North Texas storms Thursday morning, five teen boys decided to skip school and hang out near an Oak Cliff creek.
The teens were swept off their feet in the flash flood waters, but two Dallas police officers jumped into the water to help rescue them. The officers said they didn’t think twice about springing into action.
Officer Julian Harris, a nine-week rookie fresh out of the academy, and veteran senior Cpl. Monte Cates were the first ones to see the teens in the creek, clinging to roots and tree branches in the flood waters.
They were able to quickly save two of the five teens in the creek.
“I didn’t think we were gonna be able to get any of them,” said Cates. “Honestly, I didn’t know how we were going to get them. I thought I was witnessing five deaths. We just didn’t know. We were just scared they weren’t gonna make it.”
Cpl. Cates said he doesn’t swim well, but Harris said he’s a strong swimmer – just not necessarily in flood water while wearing full gear.
“As fast as that current was going, the only thing that was on my mind was getting that kid out of the water…we had to get all five kids out of that water somehow,” said Harris.
All five of the teens were rescued and taken to a nearby hospital. They’re believed to have been treated and released.
“I’m just thankful,” said Police Chief David Brown. “Our department is thankful. The city is thankful for cops like these two and sacrificing their lives to protect another’s.”
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